[Linux-aus] Young Aussies say pirated software is OK

Andy White andy at lgsolutions.com.au
Sun Feb 8 16:54:44 EST 2009

I think there is an issue we need to be mindful of here, which is that  
some people (and anecdotally, I can give more examples) are equating  
Free Software with free software. I do my best to educate on the  
difference where I can, and you can't help every single person on the  
planet at the end of the day, but nevertheless... there is a  
misconstrued relationship between the two terms.

What can the list do about it? Probably not much, immediately, other  
than keep on our toes and keep explaining the difference to folks.

Andy White
e: andy at lgsolutions.com.au
m: +61 411246100

On 08/02/2009, at 11:48 AM, Jon 'maddog' Hall wrote:

> [snip]
> But relating freeware with Free Software is not what this group is
> about.  We are about Free Software (which some people call "Open
> Source").
> And quite frankly, it is not about whether the software is "gratis" or
> not.  No software is without "cost".  There is the cost of installing
> it, integrating it, learning to use it, upgrading it...and this  
> happens
> whether it is freeware, Free Software or Proprietary Closed Source
> Software.

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